Roger Callard
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Who Is Roger Callard?

In his ten-year professional career, former American bodybuilder and actor Roger Callard won numerous competitions.

His wins as Mr. USA in 1975, Mr. America in 1977, and Mr. International in 1978 are among his greatest accomplishments.

Short Career of Roger Callard

In 1984, Roger Callard stopped competing in bodybuilding and started concentrating on his acting career.

Over the years, he had countless appearances in films, TV series, and parodies, including the well-known bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron.”

Roger has established himself as a true icon and a role model for all ages because of his numerous achievements in bodybuilding and on television.

Body Measurements of Roger Callard

Full Name: Roger Callard
DATE OF BIRTH: May 4, 1950
ERA: 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010
PROFESSION: Bodybuilder, Actor, Producer
AGE: 72
HEIGHT: 5’10” (177.5cm)
WEIGHT: 185-195 pounds (83.9-88.5 kg)

Roger Callard


“When I was 11, I was running AAU track and I was very fast. It was also at this time that I’d go to a friend’s home and look through his bodybuilding magazines.

I’d see Poole, Sipes, Draper – all amazing to me. At age 12 I was like a maniac; I could one hand clean and jerk 165 pounds.”


Early Stages of Bodybuilding

When Roger Callard was five years old, he started his bodybuilding career. He began working out at home with simple weights before joining his first gym.

Initially, Roger worked out to enhance his athletic performance in football and other high school sports. However, after noticing how lifting weights altered his appearance, bodybuilding became his primary passion.

Roger began competing in bodybuilding competitions after spending several years constructing his ideal physique; he won the 1974 IFBB Mr. Western America title in his first competition.

“I didn’t think about bodybuilding as a career until Kent Kuehn and Don Ross contacted me in the gym at MSU. They recognized my talent and pushed me to succeed.

Roger always found time to exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and even compete on “the big stage” despite being busy with school and other obligations at the time.

He was able to succeed in bodybuilding and eventually acting because of his passion and discipline.

Partnership with Arnold

The more trophies he had in his trophy cabinet, the more well-liked he was among bodybuilders.

Roger specifically formed a friendship and business partnership with one particular bodybuilder. None other than Arnold Schwarzenegger was there.

Together, they exercised at Gold’s Gym and appeared in the bodybuilding films “Pumping Iron” and “Mr. Universum.”

Leaving bodybuilding behind

Roger’s enthusiasm for bodybuilding gradually started to “evaporate” as his passion for acting intensified.

He made his final professional stage appearance in 1984 at the IFBB World Pro, where he finished 13th.

Roger’s outstanding physique and exploits have had a long-lasting influence on the bodybuilding community, despite the brief duration of his competitive career.

His triumphs on stage include the 1975 Mr. USA, the 1977 Mr. America, and the 1978 Mr. International titles.


Roger started “diving deep” into the world of acting and cinema after his competitive days. Like in bodybuilding, he started in lowly circumstances by appearing as a guest star in different TV shows.

However, as his acting abilities improved, Roger started to participate in increasingly well-known films, like Renegade – Merciless Hunting, Red Heat, and Twins (1988). (1993).

Along with it, he started making appearances in comic programs and parodies, such as Wierd Al Yankovic’s UHF – Channel with Limited Hope.

By the year 2014, Roger had made over 20 film appearances, solidifying his reputation as a talented actor in addition to a fantastic bodybuilder.

“People talk about training heavy, but heavy is a relative term. For me, endurance is more important than power. Look at the world’s strongest men—they can’t run around the block without a ventilator.”


Roger used to work on his complete body during each of his three weekly workouts. He would work out three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for no more than an hour each time.

Roger would perform cardio or aerobic exercises on his rest days.

He performed the following exercises for each body part:

  • Legs: Leg extensions, squats, leg curls, 15 to 25 reps on each. One big tri-set. No rest between exercises.
  • Chest: One set of flies, 15 to 25 reps. Then a set of either incline presses or flat bench dumbbell presses, always to failure.
  • Back: Pulldowns, 15 to 25 reps. Immediately go to bent-over rows, 15 to 25 reps.
  • Shoulders: A tri-set of alternate front raises (as one’s going up, one’s coming down), bent-over laterals (for rear delts and dumbbell presses, 15 to 25 reps, each set to failure.)
  • Arms: Seated incline dumbbell curls super set with triceps extensions, using same dumbbells; 15 to 25 reps.
  • Abs: 75 reps, usually on an ab machine

The Value of Proper Form

In almost all situations, technique, according to Roger, triumphs over overweight.

During his peak training years, he consistently paid attention to muscle contraction and the smoothness of the movement; he claims that it is because of this that he now has healthy joints and no aftereffects from years of weightlifting on his body.


When he was at his best, Roger followed the same diet as other legendary bodybuilders of the time, giving protein a high priority but also getting enough carbohydrates and fats to fuel his body.

He didn’t frequently count his macros in favor of observing how his body responded to various food types.

Roger Callard’s favorite foods included potatoes, meat, and eggs.

Roger occasionally took a multivitamin and a whey protein supplement.

Influences and Idols

In his early bodybuilding career, Dave Draper, Chuck Sipes, and Harold Poole were some of Roger’s heroes. Their physical attributes motivated Roger to work hard in the gym and develop a physique that ultimately helped him win multiple titles.